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Pitt vs North Florida Ospreys Preview

Panthers finish the non-conference schedule with an early Saturday afternoon tilt.

NCAA Basketball: William & Mary at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Game Time: 1:00 pm

Opponent: North Florida

Head Coach: Matthew Driscoll (14th year)

Conference: ASUN

Current Record: 3-6

Last Game: W 88-48 @ Bethune-Cookman

2021 Season 19-17 (11-20 (7-9) 4th in ASUN)

Top Player: F Carter Hendricksen (13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

Last meeting: Pitt 89 North Florida 47 on 12/8/2012 (North Florida did not attempt a single free throw in the game)

Pitt finishes its non-conference schedule against North Florida. And thus ends the more challenging game preview posts in which I have to learn about teams like North Florida. Thankfully, some things are still the same from the last time they played. Their coach, Matthew Driscoll, is from Bellevue and graduated from Slippery Rock. He’s led the Ospreys to one NCAA Tourney appearance (back in 2015). The coolest thing about North Florida athletics is they have a yearlong competition with Jacksonville across all sports called the River City Rumble. The winner gets a barrel. It was named in January 2006 so the River City Rivalry came first.

What should we expect in the game? North Florida is an average offensive team but below average defensively. They are not good at rebounding or forcing turnovers. Seems like the perfect post finals week game.

Prediction: Pitt 75 North Florida 50

@BlackGold_White 2012